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OSHA focuses more on accident response, hazards than prevention

Federal work-safety investigators had not inspected Central Ready Mix LLC in Middletown for 13 years before 39-year-old Tim Taylor, of New Carlisle, was engulfed in fly ash and killed last year. Taylor’s death was “a terrible, preventable tragedy,” said Bill Wilkerson, the Cincinnati-area director for the U.S. Occupational Safety and ...

Eby-Brown of Springfield will lay off roughly 30 people from its NewFreshCo Foods business, which supplies sandwiches and other products to convenience store chains. The layoffs are to take effect Aug. 8. Jeff Guerini/Staff

Local firm lays off more than 30 employees

Eby-Brown of Springfield will lay off more than 30 employees in August from its NewFreshCo Foods business, which supplies sandwiches and other products to convenience store chains including Speedway. Company officials did not return several calls seeking comment Tuesday. But staff from the Clark County Department of Job and Family ...

TGI Fridays offering $10 'endless' apps

You've probably heard of unlimited drink refills, but how about unlimited appetizers? TGI Fridays is hoping to lure more diners into its restaurants with just that. This week, the national chain announced a summer-long promotion of endless appetizers. For just $10, each diner can order and re-order a single appetizer like mozzarella sticks ...

Job openings hit 7-year high

Employers in May posted the most job openings in seven years, but the number of workers hired fell slightly from April, according to U.S. Department of Labor data released Tuesday.Businesses and governments advertised 4.6 million openings in May, the most since June 2007, according to the Job Openings and Labor ...

Construction continues on the CVS Pharmacy being built in downtown New Carlisle on Monday. Springfield’s May permits were down compared to last year. Bill Lackey/Staff

Weather, other factors slows Clark County building projects

A harsh winter slowed construction of residential and commercial projects in Clark County earlier this year, and the value of projects in Springfield has dropped almost 50 percent compared to the same time last year.The number and value of construction permits is one sign watched by developers and area leaders ...

Dr. Andrew Shepherd, director of Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair, navigates a simulated UAS flight over a 3D model of the Sinclair campus for Deb Norris, vice president of workforce development and corporate services at Sinclair. Sinclair Community College and The Ohio State University announced a UAS partnership during a press conference held Monday in Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF

OSU, Sinclair partner to target UAS jobs

Ohio State University and Sinclair Community College’s new partnership should position their students to get jobs in an unmanned aerial systems field that is expected to become a $90 billion industry by 2025. Experts believe UAS work will create 100,000 jobs across the country in areas such as precision agriculture, ...

Mother-daughter team to open new shop at The Greene

A Centerville mother and her daughter are poised to open a retail store at The Greene.The Oilerie Dayton will offer 28 olive oils and vinegars drawn from stainless steel tanks, as well as pasta, sauces, olives and spices. The 800-square-foot shop is tentatively scheduled to open “quietly” by the end ...

General Electric’s new U.S. Global Operations Center will be located between the Freedom Center and Paul Brown Stadium at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

This company just received Ohio’s most valuable tax credit in 10 years

Not only did General Electric Co. make Ohio’s single biggest announcement of the last decade for new job creation, the company is also eligible for the state’s single biggest tax break over the same time period and possibly longer, this newspaper has verified. Multinational corporation GE announced earlier in 2014 ...

Springfield artist hoping gallery draws residents downtown

A Springfield artist recently expanded his studio, hoping to showcase his work and that of other area artists to draw more residents downtown.Doug Frates has operated his glass studio at the former Meeks Building on Fountain Avenue for about two years. Running with Scissors, a local retailer, shared the space ...

Could Rupert Murdoch be eyeing Time Warner purchase?

As media hot-shots prepare for their annual so-called "summer camp," there are rumors that a major deal might be in the works. Every year the heads of media and tech companies meet at Allen & Co.’s annual media conference in Idaho's Sun Valley. (Via Getty Images) This year, all eyes will be on Twenty-First ...

The Longhorn Steakhouse is one of the latest to open on Miller Lane in Vandalia. The National Restaurant Association reported last week that the restaurant industry is enjoying a robust rebound. Sales and customer traffic levels are stronger, and restaurant owners and operators are more optimistic, all of which drove the association’s Restaurant Performance Index to its highest level in two years. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Restaurant industry bouncing back, but not everywhere

The restaurant industry that employs an estimated one in 10 workers in the U.S. is enjoying a robust rebound nationally, but the outlook in the Miami Valley is more mixed in part because of the harsh winter’s hangover.“I think we were hit harder than other areas of the country by ...

AdCare’s move from Springfield all about logistics

The Springfield-based nursing home management company AdCare Health Systems Inc. recently moved its headquarters from Springfield to Atlanta to get closer to the majority of its facilities in the southeast.The company owns and manages 46 properties nationally, including properties in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas, according to AdCare’s 2013 ...

FILE- In this April 17, 2007 file photo, exhibitors of the Google company work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany. Google’s removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent’s most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The U.S. Internet giant said Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results. The U.S. firm must comply with a May ruling from the European Union’s top court that enables citizens to ask for the removal of embarrassing personal information that pops up on a search of their names. Among links to vanish were stories on a soccer referee who resigned after a scandal in 2010, French office workers making post-it art, a couple having sex on a train and a lawyer facing a fraud trial. At least three British media, including the Guardian newspaper and public broadcaster BBC, said Google notified them search results in Europe would not contain some links to their publications.(AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

YouTube says slow video is ISP's fault

Looks like Netflix isn't the only company getting a little annoyed with streaming issues allegedly caused by Internet service providers. According to Quartz, Google-owned YouTube has begun "shaming" ISPs for slow load-times, pixilated video, and long periods of buffering. Quartz reports when viewers run into streaming problems, Google will display a box that ...

Part of Springfield tech park could be sold for housing

The Greater Springfield Community Improvement Corp. wants to rezone a piece of the Nextedge Applied Research and Technology Park on Titus Road to sell it to a developer.The CIC applied in May to rezone nearly eight acres of land between 383 Titus Road and 601 Titus Road from a research ...

From left, General Electric Senior Vice President of Global Operations Shane Fitzsimons, Ohio Governor John Kasich, General Manager of GE’s new U.S. Global Operations Center Joe Allen and Senator Sherrod Brown take a selfie during General Electric’s official announcement of their new Global Operations Center Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Atrium office building in downtown Cincinnati. The GE project was approved for an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit in May 2014. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Ohioans forego millions in taxes revenues in exchange for new jobs

In the competition to win new jobs, tax breaks for companies cost Ohioans at least $63.1 million last year in foregone tax revenues, according to state government budget projections.While millions in tax breaks were awarded, Ohio businesses grew payrolls by 43,100 jobs, according to state estimates.“The benefit outweighs the cost ...

How to spot a lottery or sweepstakes scam

Your Better Business Bureau receives many calls from people who believe they won a lotteries or sweepstakes they’ve never entered. Unfortunately, many learn there’s no such jackpot. Your Better Business Bureau says — do your research before cashing in.A lottery or sweepstakes scam begins with an e-mail, letter or text ...

Chris Lewis measures a large windows in one of the apartments under construction on the third floor of the 100-year-old building at 122 E. Main St. in downtown Springfield Wednesday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Housing key to downtown Springfield revitalization

Renovations have started on apartments in two downtown Springfield buildings, part of a long-term plan to show that the area is viable for potential residents. The two separate projects include four apartments in the upper floors of the Firesale Warehouse, 122 E. Main St., and then units at 10-10½ N. ...

A Google employee helps direct people as they register for Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Is Google working the "right to be forgotten" system?

Under The EU’s new Right to be Forgotten, anyone can petition Google to have irrelevant or misleading content removed from its indexing services. This doesn’t remove the content itself, just Google’s listing. And it’s only from certain EU google domains — searches from, say, the U.S. Google site can turn up ...

Dow tops 17,000 for first time

By Ken Sweet, Associated PressNEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average topped 17,000 for the first time Thursday, the index’s first big 1,000-point milestone this year, following news that hiring in the U.S. accelerated last month.The market rose from the start of trading after the government reported that U.S. ...

Rates on 30-year mortgages dropping

Associated PressWASHINGTON — Average U.S. mortgage rates are near historically low levels.Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average rate for a 30-year loan dipped to 4.12 percent, down from 4.14 last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage, which had taken a big dip the previous week, ...

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